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PHOTOS/FOOTAGE AVAILABLE: Governor Cooper Visits Vaccine Clinic at North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro

Today, Governor Roy Cooper visited the vaccine clinic at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro to see more people receive their vaccine and a free ticket to the zoo! The vaccine site is a collaboration between StarMed Healthcare, Randolph County Health Department, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

“North Carolina is turning the corner on this pandemic, one shot at a time,” Gov. Cooper said. “Getting your vaccination at this clinic can be more joyful than ever, thanks to this collaborative effort between health care providers and state agencies at the North Carolina Zoo.”

The North Carolina Zoo is hosting two vaccine clinics from May 20-22 and June 10-12 as a part of NCDHHS’ Bring Summer Back campaign. People who receive their vaccine at the NC Zoo’s clinic will get a free Zoo ticket. So far, more than 220 organizations have joined the Bring Back Summer campaign, which has reached an estimated 1.3 million North Carolinians.

Last Friday, Gov. Cooper lifted most COVID-19 restrictions including the indoor mask mandate for most settings and all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. The Governor’s announcement follows the new CDC guidance.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect you and your family from COVID-19. That’s why Randolph County Public Health is pleased to join the NC Zoo and StarMed Healthcare to provide COVID-19 vaccines for folks age 12 and older. Please don’t miss this opportunity. Come to the zoo and for your spot, to take your shot!” said Randolph County Health Director Susan Hayes.

More than 7.9 million doses have been administered in North Carolina, with 52 percent of adults partially vaccinated and 47.2 percent of adults fully vaccinated. 79.3 percent of the 65 and older population have been partially vaccinated. The state is also vaccinating North Carolinians ages 12-15, who are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

North Carolinians can learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at (English) or (Spanish). Find a nearby vaccine provider using NCDHHS’ online tool, Find a Vaccine Location. The state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline number is 888-675-4567.

Video footage of this event will be available for media use here.

Still photos will be available here, credit to Kaytee Smith and Brandon Goins of DNCR.